Mitch Blair is Professor of Paediatrics and Child Public Health and joined the Division of Paediatrics in 1998 and is currently based at Northwick Park Hospital in Harrow.
He joined the School of Public Health in 2019 collaborating closely with the Child Health Unit. He has a background in medical education, epidemiology and health services research. His primary research interests are in preventive child health programmes, international child health indicators and child health services research.
He recently led the €7 million EU Horizon 2020 project MOCHA (Models of Child Health Appraised), analysing Primary Child Health care across 30 countries in Europe which was completed in 2019 and has been published as an Open Access book.
He also runs an MSc Module on Child Public Health in the Paediatrics MSc and an Early Years module for the Lifecourse course of the Global Master of Public Health (GMPH) for the School of Public Health together with Professor Sonia Saxena and Dr Dougal Hargreaves.
He was lead for undergraduate paediatric medicine from 2005-2018 and pioneered the “Follow My Footsteps” scheme with Dr Bob Boyle attaching students to a pregnant woman and her family to be prospectively followed up during the first two years.
His most recent research is in developing a better understanding of unscheduled acute care in young children and exploring interventions which may reduce this. (BLUEPRINTS trial)
et al., 2021, ‘Do I, don’t I?’ A qualitative study addressing parental perceptions about seeking healthcare during the COVID-19 pandemic, Archives of Disease in Childhood, ISSN:0003-9888
et al., 2021, Interventions to improve vitamin D status in at-risk ethnic groups during pregnancy and early childhood: a systematic review., Public Health Nutr, Pages:1-22
et al., 2021, Tailored communication methods as key to implementation of evidence-based solutions in primary child health care, European Journal of Public Health, Vol:31, ISSN:1101-1262, Pages:92-99
et al., 2021, Characteristics of frequent paediatric users of emergency departments in England: an observational study using routine national data, Emergency Medicine Journal, Vol:38, ISSN:1472-0205, Pages:146-150
Blair M, 2020, Caring for infants after hospital discharge – Are we doing enough?, Early Human Development, Vol:150, ISSN:0378-3782, Pages:1-3